Chicago Bears wideout Javon Wims was ejected midway through the third quarter of the Bears Week 8 game against the New Orleans Saints. Wims approached Saints safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson after a play on offense was over and punched him — twice — in the helmet. Wims was penalized, ejected, and he’ll likely be facing a fine.
Hitting other players in the helmet seems to be a thing Wims does — he got into fisticuffs in training camp last season, when he hit then-Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara in the helmet during a practice scrimmage.
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Current, Former Bears React to Javon Wims’ Actions
Bears running back Tarik Cohen, who is watching from home due to a torn ACL ending his season, didn’t seem to mind Wims’ actions. Perhaps that’s because Gardner-Johnson was the player who mercilessly ripped the 5-6 back for being short last season.
Recently retired guard Kyle Long and former tight end Zach Miller also weighed in:
Former Ravens receiver Torrey Smith also commented on Wims’ actions:
Wims could also face suspension, as he was seemingly unprovoked when he hit Gardner-Johnson. The broadcast showed something that may have upset him on the previous play, however.
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Did Chauncey Gardner-Johnson’s Trash Talk to Anthony Miller Influence Wims?
Wims’ actions were as ridiculous and stupid as they were baffling — he seemingly hit Gardner-Johnson and yanked a chain from his neck for no apparent reason. The telecast showed a replay that doesn’t excuse Wims’ behavior, but it could explain why he did it.
On the previous play, Gardner-Johnson poked his finger through the face mask of Bears’ wideout Anthony Miller. That, combined with his deriding of Cohen last season, could potentially explain Wims’ hostility. Either way, his response was far too drastic, and it cost his team.
Cohen ‘liked’ the following Tweet that suggested Wims was sticking up for an unnamed teammate:
What, If Anything, Does This Mean for Wims?
Wims, a 2018 seventh-round draft pick for the Bears in 2018, has been having a solid third season, considering his role. He has been one of the better blockers on offense, and he has held onto the ball a bit better this year than he did last.
Wims has four catches for 26 yards and a touchdown so far this season, and he has also contributed on special teams. He’s not an integral part of this offense by any means, but he’s a solid backup. That said, incidents like this one aren’t going to earn him many points from Chicago’s coaching staff. They will, however, provide social media fodder that could follow Wims around for a bit longer than he may like.